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Phil Collins

Hold on

Oh Lord

I've been waiting for this moment for all my life

Was Phil Collins singing "Hold on" or "Oh Lord" in "In The Air Tonight"?

Many swear it was "Hold on", but has somehow now been changed to "Oh Lord".

There is an interesting back story to this - Phil recounted the time he saw a boy drown another one, and had it in mind when he wrote the lyrics. The problem there is it doesn't actually help clear up the mystery, since clearly either can be used whilst still making sense and fitting into that narrative.

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Collins was born in 1951 and is best known for his time as a drummer in the band Genesis, and his subsequent solo career. He's had 7 US no.1 singles, and 3 UK ones as a solo artist, although from an early age he was both training as an actor and playing drums. As well as all the classic hit we're all familiar with, such as "In the Air Tonight", "Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)", "One More Night", "Sussudio", "Two Hearts" and "Another Day in Paradise", Collins also scored a track for Disney's Tarzan which received an Oscar for the Best Original Track. He has sold over 100 million records worlwide and recieved 8 Grammy awards.He had a health scare in 2000 when he lost hearing in one ear and was told it was permantent, only for it to clear up later due to it being a viral infection.


"Hold on" makes a little more sense after the line "I've been waiting for this moment for all my life". It's still unclear though. People have even tried lipreading the video, with no luck.

There's another twist which is difficult to grasp, so hold on. Some are saying they can hear both simultaneously. Oh Lord!